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Your Garden Travel Guide: Gardens to Visit in Atlanta, Savannah, Palm Beach, Pennsylvania, and Naples

As summer temps continue to heat up, I hope you have had a chance to get away this summer. If you are still planning a trip as we move into August, I want to let you in on some of my favorite gardens to visit while on vacation. Whether you have time for a day trip or are planning a longer getaway, my garden recommendations up and down the east coast can help you plan your best trip.

Atlanta, Georgia

If you live in the central Georgia area like me, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens are the perfect day trip! They are constantly installing new garden projects like the current Alice in Wonderland exhibit. Their website is incredibly user friendly, even offering a step by step process to create an itinerary based on who is going, when you want to go, and how much time you have to spend! Whether you have a free Saturday or a couple hours during the week, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has something for you!

Naples, Florida

is home to world class beaches and golf courses, but also is home to the Naples Botanical Garden. With 10 different gardens, you can easily spend a whole day inside! Minutes away from the beach, Naples Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to spend a day away from the sun and sand. They have daily tours of the gardens that are included in general admission. If you visit the garden, be sure to check out Fogg Café that boasts all local produce, honey, eggs, fish, and shellfish! Make sure you grab one of their Grapefruit Basil Mimosas!

Palm Beach, Florida

A couple months ago I got to take a short getaway to Palm Beach, and it was such a respite from my busy schedule. Palm Beach has so many homes with stunning gardens and architecture and I just loved riding a bike down the streets to take it all in. One of the best gardens in the area is The Society of the Four Arts. The Four Arts Botanical Gardens highlight tropical plants that are perfect for warm and humid climates. Read my full blog here for all my recommendations for visiting Palm Beach from what to eat to where to stay.

Savannah, Georgia

Moving on up the coast to one of Georgia’s most beautiful cities is Savannah! Savannah is incredibly full of history as Georgia’s oldest city. Old homes line the streets and stunning ancient trees drape the sidewalk. Many of these homes boast intricate gardens that are often as old as the homes themselves. One of these beautiful homes is the Andrew Low House on Lafayette Square. The Low House Garden is one of the three original 19th century garden plans still left in Savannah. “the distinctive hourglass-shaped beds, were described by the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray in a letter written…during the early 1850’s.  The bedding plan has been maintained for 160 years by the family…although plantings within the beds have varied over the years.” Both the home and gardens are a sight to behold!

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

One of my favorite places to visit is Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Longwood is absolutely stunning and contains acres upon acres of incredible landscape and architecture. Currently, the Festival of Fountains is taking place at the Gardens which is a sight to behold! A great feature of the gardens is the plant explorer software on their site. The plant explorer lets you search for plants in the gardens, identify plants, and locate garden features. It is a wonderful tool!

Gardens of any size are a great place to relax and reflect even on vacation. Wherever I go, I search out stunning landscape both for inspiration and to continue to fuel my creativity. I encourage you to take advantage of the natural beauty all around. There are so many places of stunning creativity across the country that I hope you get a chance to visit while at home or on vacation.